National Hazing Prevention Week: September 18-22, 2017
WHAT DOES HAZING LOOK LIKE?
HAZING is any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person's willingness to participate.
If you're not sure whether or not something happening to you or to someone else is hazing, ask yourself these questions:
Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents were watching?
Would we get in trouble if a school/college administrator walked by and saw us?
Am I being asked to keep these activities a secret?
Am I doing anything illegal?
Does participation in this activity violate my values or those of this organization?
Is this causing emotional or physical distress or stress to myself or to others?
Am I going to be able to get a job if I have to put a criminal arrest on my application?
Hazing isn't simple. It's not always black and white. The publication, "Diverse Issues in Higher Education," published an excellent article about the complex nature of hazing in 2009.
Part of the complexity of hazing lies in designating the victims. Individuals who are hazed aren't the only victims. Those who stand by and watch it happen and even those who commit the acts themselves are victims.
BYSTANDER BEHAVIOR is a critical issue. It is HPO's mission to empower people to prevent hazing. Bystander behavior is what people demonstrate when they watch hazing occur without intervening. If people felt empowered enough to intervene, others would be spared the emotional and/or physical harm of hazing. To learn more, read Hazing in View from the University of Maine.
The DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAZING AND BULLYING is subtle, which is why they're often used interchangeably. The same power dynamics are involved. The same intimidation tactics are used. The same second-class citizenship issues arise. The only real difference between hazing and bullying is that bullying usually involves singling out an individual at any time and bullying them as a means to exclude them. Hazing, on the other hand, involves including people by having them "earn" their way into a group or onto a team. Bullying is about exclusion. Hazing is about inclusion.
• University Police Department: SB100, 845-257-2222
• Anonymous Tip Line: 845-257-2230
• Student Activities and Union Services: SU211, 845-257-3025
• The Dean of Students: HAB702, 845-257-3261
• SUNY New Paltz Silent Witness Form